Israel’s attorney general has announced plans to prosecute an investigative reporter who received a trove of classified documents from a whistleblower inside the military, the AP reported yesterday.
Reporter Uri Blau, who works for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, received more than 2,000 military documents from the former military conscript clerk Anat Kamm. Kamm copied the material from military computers between 2005 and 2007, the AP says.
Kamm, who previously also worked as a journalist, was prosecuted last year. She was sentenced in October to four and a half years in prison for collecting and distributing secret information. The online magazine +972, which writes about issues affecting Israel and Palestine, has constructed a detailed timeline of events around her prosecution and the case involving Blau.
The documents received by Blau suggested that military authorities had authorised the killing of Palestinian militants when they could have been arrested, in defiance of an Israeli High Court ruling.
Before Blau published stories relating to these issues, his articles were submitted to the military censor (standard practice in Israel for security-related material) and they were approved.